IPL 2022, MI vs KKR: Lagging Mumbai Indians take on beleaguered Kolkata Knight Riders | Cricket News

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MUMBAI: Buoyed by back-to-back victories over Rajasthan Royals and Gujarat Titans, five-time winners Mumbai Indians will be hoping for their third trotting win in IPL 2022 when they lock horns with a beleaguered Kolkata Knight Riders, who Coming off a 75 beating run at the hands of Lucknow Super Giants in Pune at DY Patil Stadium on Monday night.
In an unprecedented low, the side managed by Rohit Sharma lost eight consecutive matches, before finally managing to restore at least a bit of pride with victories over Rajasthan Royals and Gujarat Titans.

Tim David’s reinstatement in the squad for the last two games he also contributed with an unbeaten 9-ball 20 against the Royals at DY Patil Stadium on April 30 has given MI the firepower they have badly needed. missed in the first eight games.
It also begs the question why the tall and sturdily built 26-year-old Singaporean, who boasts an average of 34.03 and a strike rate of 160.28 in T20 cricket, was benched by MI after being out for 12 and 1 in his first two games? And why was Kieron Pollard, who endured perhaps his worst year with MI just 129 points in 10 games at 14.33, extended despite struggling?

MI and Team India would also be delighted to see skippers Rohit and Kishan find points after a run-of-the-mill show that has hurt the team badly in the first eight games.
Sharma’s poor form – just 198 runs in 10 games at 19.80, in fact, has been described by coach Mahela Jayawardene as ‘disappointing’, while he also revealed he would have a ‘chat’ with Kishan, who only has 270 carries in 10 games @ 30.00.

While Sams has been a revelation in the bowling department, Jasprit Bumrah’s poor form must worry both MI and India selectors.
The Knight Riders, on the other hand, are only marginally better. They started the season winning their first three games, before losing five games in a row – six in their last seven in fact. Languishing at No. 8, they must win their remaining three games and then hope for a miracle to qualify for the playoffs.



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